A coach can recruit like a lunatic, control every detail of a daily itinerary and schedule cream puffs in September that set his team up for November.
And then watch everything can go kaput in a single center snap.
The 2015 College Football Playoff race got a reboot this week when Baylor announced that quarterback Seth Russell required neck surgery and would sit out the rest of the season.
Russell was gatekeeper for a Baylor team ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press media and USA Today Coaches polls. He led the nation's top offense and also the NCAA in passing efficiency at 189.7
The prognosis came a week before the release of the first CFP ranking and just...